Penélope Cruz is a natural mother and she proves it in the new issue of Vogue, which she covers with a gorgeous natural face that even reveals some freckles!
“I was pregnant and a pirate,” Penélope tells Vogue of being pregnant with her son while filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. “A beautiful experience.”
“When she found out it was a boy, she kept it hush-hush, but we knew,” director Rob Marshall says. But Rob added that she “loved that there was a boy in her” while filming all of the high-flying action scenes.
And after Penélope and her husband Javier Bardem welcomed their son Leonardo into the world in January, the action didn’t slow down.
“Some nights you sleep more, some nights less, but you don’t care,” Penélope says.
So how has motherhood changed her?
“One second,” she says as she gets teary-eyed. “This has never happened to me,” she later says as she is laughing and crying. “This is really funny. I’m sorry. It’s unexpected.”
“From the first second, you feel so much love,” the actress says. “It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment —when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”
“Even if you have heard from all your friends and family, ‘This is what’s going to happen,’ until it happens to you, it’s hard to understand in your soul.”
And now Penélope is very protective of her son.
“I want my son — and my kids if I have more — to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible,” she says. “The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work that we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”